Prior to my flight today (Friday, though you're reading this on Tuesday), I've only flown First Class internationally once. It was an American Airlines flight to Taiwan and it was really, really nice. This is the first time I'm travelling by myself and I'm ultimately going to China, but I was able to go British Airways First Class for the first leg of my journey to London. I will probably never be able to fly First again, but I have to say this experience is really nice. I don't know how most people end up flying First, but I was able to do so through my family's accumulated frequent flier miles. My poor father probably accumulated most of those miles!
The best part about First is the lounges. I decided to go to the Concorde Room in JFK airport for a second dinner because the Concorde Room is only available to First-class passengers or Gold Flier members. Apparently they have another lounge entirely that is also First, but I didn't realise that at the time. While I was there I ate some smoked salmon and a chicken dish.
Since I'm not a food or a travel blogger I didn't whip out my big camera, but the photos turned out okay anyways. I decided to not sit in the dining room (mostly because the tables were designed for two people) so I got to eat off a tray while sitting in a squishy chair. One woman in particular looked after me... her name escapes me, but she was very nice!
Then I got on the plane. I don't have terribly good photos of my seat because I didn't want to make a fuss, but here's a photo anyways. They gave me a pair of pyjamas and a really posh looking toiletry set. While I think it's standard to nick the toiletry set, I don't know if most people take the pyjamas. Well, I did. Hopefully the British Airways pyjama police don't come for me.
After landing in Heathrow I learned that because I had flown to London in First Class, I could use the LHR Concorde Room lounge! Naturally I've been trying to take advantage of it as much as possible. I'm using its Internet, I took a shower in one of their little shower rooms, and I'm going to try and get my nails done later. Since everything is included I don't feel bad in the slightest. After all, if you have access to lots of things you might as well use them. I've got a pretty long layover here so I'm probably going to take a nap on one of the couches. I have temporarily set my clocks to UK time so I know when to board my plane but my body has no idea what time it is. Jetlag in China is going to suck.
Obviously First Class is a huge treat and I NEVER expected to fly First on my way to China! Regardless I hope you found this interesting. The next posts in my Travel Talk three-part series are more about how to pack rather than my specific travels. When I get back from China I'll probably write about my trip quite a bit before going back to beauty/baking/whatever. Can't wait to go shopping for my China/Asia-beauty giveaway!